NEWS: Sept. 19, 2011|
Public Workforce | The Nation
Military Retirees Could Face Benefit Cuts
Military pensions and health care for active and retired troops now cost about $100 billion a year, and making even incremental reductions to them is typically a doomed political venture. But the intense push in Congress to reduce the debt has made military-retiree benefits vulnerable, military officials and experts say.
New York Times
Chicago Mayor Pushes Workers Toward 'Wellness Plan'
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a "wellness plan" aimed at keeping city employees healthier and charging them an extra $50 per month for insurance if they don't participate.
Denver Officials: Sick-Pay Mandate Would Be Costly
Denver officials say the city would be on the hook for $690,500 a year if voters pass a citywide initiative mandating sick pay for all public- and private-sector workers.
Patent Office Plans to Hire 1,500-2,000 Examiners
The Patent and Trademark Office is planning to hire between 1,500 and 2,000 new examiners to address a large backlog of patent applications as a result of the patent-system overhaul law.
Federal News Radio
Law Enforcement | Trenton, N.J.
Massive Police Layoffs
Ignite Crime Fears
One hundred and eight of the city's 350 police officers turned in their badges and guns in a law-enforcement bloodletting that many predict will turn New Jersey's capital into a cauldron of crime. A total of 150 city employees were expected to be laid off in efforts to close an estimated $8.4 million budget gap.
Chicago's Top Cop Mulls Closing District Stations
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, under the gun to cut at least $190 million from the police department's $1.3 billion-a-year budget, is exploring the politically volatile idea of closing some of the city's 25 district police stations.
Technology | The Nation
Can Software Predict the Future?
For the IRS, software known as predictive analytics may offer a means of deciding which taxpayers warrant an audit. The U.S. Postal Service's inspector general is using analytics to identify high-risk contracts. And at least one agency is exploring the technology for predicting which of its workers will be retiring soon.
DOE Has Roadmap for Infrastructure Cyber-Security
The Department of Energy released a roadmap for securing the nation's energy infrastructure that envisions a system able to withstand a major cyber-attack and continue to operate effectively.
Feds Aim to Save on Tech by Buying in Bulk
Several federal agencies and departments will start pooling their purchases of office printers, copiers and scanners in hopes of collectively saving $600 million in the next four years.
Governmental Operations | The Nation
New Book Portrays
Dysfunctional White House
Obama-administration officials scrambled to hunt down copies of a book being released this week that paints a portrait of a dysfunctional, acrimonious White House that sometimes stymied President Obama's efforts to rescue the country's economy.
Funding for FAA, Roads Extended into 2012
After an unexpected second round of congressional squabbling over funding for the Federal Aviation Administration and highway programs, President Obama has signed the bill passed by lawmakers to extend both into next year.
Human Services | Kansas
State Narrows Eligibility for Welfare
The state is tightening its requirements for people to qualify for some welfare programs in what officials described as a move to reduce expenses and fraud and encourage people to find work. The changes, which begin taking effect Oct. 1, affect Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, food stamps and child-care help.
Immigration/Homeland Security | The Southwest
Military, DHS at Odds over Guard's Border Role
For years, National Guard troops have patrolled the southwestern border, helping to catch drug smugglers and illegal immigrants. But a new Government Accountability Office report reveals a rift between the military and Department of Homeland Security officials over border strategy and the Guard's role.
Public Officials | Los Angeles
Amid Scandals, Two Coliseum Managers Placed on Leave
Two managers of the scandal-ridden Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum--Ronald Lederkramer, the No. 2 administrator for the Coliseum's governing commission, and Leopold Caudillo Jr., the facility's technology manager--have been allowed to take paid medical and administrative leave.
Los Angeles Times
Finance | Jefferson County, Ala.
Debt Deal Aims to Avert Bankruptcy
County commissioners voted to accept a provisional deal to restructure the county's $3.14 billion sewer-bond debt and avoid what would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Creditors agreed to reduce the total debt to approximately $2.05 billion, and the county will raise sewer rates annually.
Federal Agencies Told to Speed Up Stimulus Spending
The Office of Management and Budget is directing federal agencies to "accelerate" spending on the 15 percent of Recovery Act dollars that remain unused, calling it "imperative that we exhaust all available options to drive the economy forward and create jobs."
Federal News Radio
Massachusetts Now Has Its Highest-Ever Bond Ratings
Standard & Poor's raised Massachusetts' credit rating a notch to AA-plus, citing improvements in managing finances. Officials said the S&P score, along with ratings of Aa1 from Moody's and AA-plus from Fitch, give the state its highest credit standing ever.
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Jennifer Granholm and Dan Mulhern
“No, no and no.”
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, asked whether she might run for public office again and adding that "I'm thoroughly enjoying post-government life," which has included co-authoring a book with her husband, Dan Mulhern, who gave up a consulting business to be the primary caregiver to the couple's three children while Granholm was governor and says the political door hasn't closed for him
Detroit Free Press
Nearly $19 billion
Amount in unemployment benefits from 26-week state programs that were paid in error during the three years that ended this past June, representing more than 10 percent of the $180 billion in jobless benefits paid nationwide during the period, according to U.S. Labor Department data
Wall Street Journal
Technology | Jerry Mechling
To Save More,
With governments at all levels debating how to reduce deficits and close budget gaps, it's politically difficult to argue for more spending on anything. But information technology is different and shouldn't be treated "equally." Technology-enabled productivity improvements hold the promise of saving more than they cost.
American Enterprise Institute
Address by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa: "School Reform in the City of Angels"
Today, 1-2:15 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Partnership for Public Service
Discussion: "The Power of the Cloud: Driving Efficiency in Federal Agencies"
Sept. 20, 8:30-10 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Discussion: "Deterrence in Cyberspace: Debating the Right Strategy"
Sept. 20, 9-10:30 a.m., Washington, D.C.
Center for American Progress
Discussion: "Stronger Together: Community Integration of Newcomers"
Sept. 20, noon-1:30 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Online training event: "Top 3 Secrets to Becoming an Amazing Manager"
Sept. 20, noon ET
Government Executive magazine
Webinar: "Government Goes Mobile: Benefits and Challenges"
Sept. 20, 2 p.m. ET
Government Technology magazine
Webinar: "How Simplifying Your Network Can Reduce Cost & Complexity While Maximizing Performance"
Sept. 20, 2 p.m. ET
Partnership for Public Service
Leadership seminar: "Leading from Your Level"
Sept. 21-22, Washington, D.C.
International Public Management Association for Human Resources
Online training: "Developing Competencies for HR Success"
Sept. 21-Dec. 6
American Society for Public Administration
Southeastern Conference for Public Administration
Sept. 21-24, New Orleans
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